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South Bay Taxi Sex Assaults

A taxi driver in the South Bay has been arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching two female passengers. Investigators are now looking for possible additional victims. taxi-carousel

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taxi-driver-picMANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Police have identified a taxi driver from the South Bay arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting female passengers.

Manhattan Beach police say that 28-year-old Sameh Shenouda, 38, was arrested on November 21.

The Manhattan Beach case stemmed from an August 19 incident, according to police.

The victim did not initially report the crime until she saw a news report about a similar incident occurring in Redondo Beach.

Police in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have been working together on the case.

Shenouda worked for United Taxi, and investigators say that the company has been very cooperative.

Due to media coverage, Manhattan Beach police have received several calls from possible victims and inquiries from surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Detectives believe the same individual may be responsible for additional crimes that went unreported.

They are asking anyone who has been assaulted or touched inappropriately by a cab driver in the South Bay in the past year to contact authorities.

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12/14/12

Cab Driver Accused of Sexual Assaults

Investigators are looking for more potential victims of a South Bay taxi driver arrested for sexual assault.

Chris Burrous reports.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (KTLAtaxi-carousel) — Investigators are looking for more potential victims of a South Bay taxi driver arrested for sexual assault.

Detectives from the Manhattan Beach Police Department say the suspect, a resident of Torrance, inappropriately touched the victims on two separate occasions.

One victim says she was assaulted on August 19 near 2nd Street and Meadows Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

She did not initially report the crime, but decided to contact authorities after seeing a news broadcast about a similar assault in Redondo Beach.

Redondo Beach police detectives are handling the investigation of the second incident.

Both law enforcement agencies believe there may be more victims.

The taxi driver was arrested on Thursday. He was able to make bail and is due in court in January.

Police have not released the suspect’s name or the name of the cab company, citing the ongoing investigation.

The suspect was investigated in 2010 in a similar circumstance, but the district attorney’s office did not file charges because of insufficient evidence.

A South Bay taxi driver was arrested Thursday for sexual assaults on two women. Investigators say they believe there may be more victims. Rick Chambers reports.

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